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Parasite Rex (with a New Epilogue): Inside the Bizarre World of Nature'sMost Dangerous Creatures Paperback – Illustrated, 10 Oct. 2001
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- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780743200110
- ISBN-13 : 978-0743200110
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.29 x 21.43 cm
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster Ltd; New edition (10 Oct. 2001)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 074320011X
- Best Sellers Rank: 50,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer reviews:
Mark Ridley The New Scientist A nonstop delight...Zimmer is a colorful writer, and takes full advantage of the macabre natural history of parasites.
Michael Harris Los Angeles Times A model of liveliness and clarity...a book capable of changing how we see the world.
Susan Adams Forbes Zimmer is such an accomplished, vivid writer that he is able to weave these revolting beasts into an engrossing story that you will read to the last page.
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The author resists the temptation to go for the "yuck factor" and writes about the subject matter in a thoughtful and considered manner. He introduces the reader to some of the parasitologists currently working in this particular discipline and shows how their work is revealing not only the complexity of the life cycles of many parasites but also how they may be vital for the well being of many ecosystems, how they have helped drive the evolution of their hosts and even how they may be, in some circumstances, beneficial to the immune systems of their hosts.
Overall, this is an excellent insight into this much overlooked area of biology that is really well written and very accessible. I studied parasitology briefly at university and had forgotten what a truly fascinating subject it is - thanks to Carl Zimmer for the reminder!